Since the launch of ODW in 2009, the percentage of boating fatalities with alcohol listed as a contributing factor has decreased by 2 percent in the United States though BUI still accounts for a disproportional number of on-the-water deaths. In 2011, alcohol was a contributing factor in just 8 percent of boating accidents overall, but figured in 17 percent of boating fatalities, according to U.S. Coast Guard Statistics.
From 2009 to 2012, more than 1,200 BUI operators have been removed from the water, and a law enforcement officer has contacted over 313,500 boaters during the Operation Dry Water weekends.
The local DNR outfits look to maintain a consistent presence during the operation this weekend through a crowded July Fourth.
“We’ll be out there doing our job and making sure everybody is safe,” Copelan said.
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